Your child’s dental care is very important to their development.
Pediatric Dentistry is the branch of dentistry that works with any child from an infant to a teen. It is crucial that children are taught good oral health practices early on in their life in order to ensure that their teeth are taken care of throughout life.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist by the time they turn one, or directly after their first tooth erupts. This appointment is to ensure that there are no current dental issues and to educate parents on the best way to take care of their baby’s teeth.
At Lakeview Dental Care, our dentists are knowledgeable and experienced with all age ranges from young children to older adults.
Dental Care through the Ages
Your child’s dental needs will change as they grow and change. There are quite a few major milestones in a child’s dental care.
Dental Appointments in Childhood
At their first dental appointments, the dentist will focus on making sure that your child is comfortable at the dentist and answer any questions you may have. Once your child turns two, your dentist will recommend a checkup every 6 months.
Once your child is a bit older, your dentist should begin x-rays every few appointments to check for deep cavities and any other issues – once baby teeth begin to fall out to make room for permanent teeth, your dentist will like to suggest a sealant to further protect these adult teeth.
At-Home Oral Health
While we should always be pushing for good dental health, the question is: What should i be teaching my kids?
- Toothbrushing – As soon as your child’s first teeth sprout, you should begin brushing them two times a day. For small children, they should use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush with a smear of toothpaste the size of a half pea – once your child turns three you can begin to use a full pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Once your child is around 10 years old, their mouth is generally large enough to switch to an adult-sized toothbrush.
- Flossing – While children are young, they will have fewer teeth and their teeth will be less compact; it is not necessary to start flossing until a child is around 3 when their teeth begin to grow closer together. However, every child is different so keep an eye on your child’s tooth development and ask your dentist if you are unsure
- Fluoride Treatments – Children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years should have fluoride daily. In many cities the tap water where you live has fluoride included in it, if not, your dentist or school system might provide it for you.
- Diet – Your child’s diet is an important factor in their oral health. Before their teeth come in, the nutrients in breastmilk and formula will help their teeth grow strong. Once the teeth erupt into the mouth and are exposed to sugar and acid, they can then develop tooth decay.
What to Expect During Your Visit
At Lakeview Dental Care we pride ourselves in our attentive staff and family-friendly environment. If your child is feeling anxious about their dental care, rest assured our superior staff are trained to help you and your child feel safe and stress-free during your visit.
Our dentists are licensed and qualified to administer local anesthetic (Novocaine or “sleepy juice”) for comfort and nitrous oxide (“laughing gas” or “goofy gas”) to relax children safely.
Lakeview Pediatric Dental Services
Lakeview Dental Care has a large variety of dental services for you and every member of your family – from infant to grandma and grandpa, and everyone in between. You and your child can feel confident in the knowledge that their dentist won’t change throughout their lives and will stay keenly aware of your individual oral health needs.